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Karadzic appears as witness in war crimes court


Radovan Karadzic has appeared before a UN war crimes court as a witness.

The former Bosnian Serb leader, who himself faces genocide charges, was testifying in defence of Momcilo Krajisnik, who is appealing against a 27-year jail sentence for war crimes.

Karadzic rejected prosecution claims in the Hague that Krajisnik was part of the Bosnian Serb leadership and responsible for ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia.

Submitting a written testimony, Karadzic was advised by his lawyer not to undergo cross-examination for fears it would damage his own defence case.

In Krajisnik’s original trial, the prosecution portrayed him as Karadzic’s right-hand man, a prominent figure in the extermination and deportation of Bosnian Muslims and Croats in the 1992-1995 conflict.

Karadzic denies accusations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. His trial is yet to start.

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